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Long Island Crosswalk Accidents: Speak to a Lawyer Today

Long Island Crosswalk Accidents: Speak to a Lawyer Today

Long Island Crosswalk Accidents

Accidents in crosswalks on Long Island are all too common. Busy roads such as Jericho Turnpike, Hempstead Turnpike, Route 110, Montauk Highway, and others are frequent scenes of accidents involving careless drivers. These drivers pose a risk not only to other drivers but also to pedestrians.

Crosswalks are designed to provide a safe path for you to cross streets. However, not all drivers adhere to the laws governing crosswalks, leading to accidents. On Long Island, and throughout New York, pedestrians have the right of way at marked and unmarked crosswalks. This means that vehicles must yield to you while crossing the street within a crosswalk.

In New York, Section 1151 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law governs the rights of pedestrians:

§ 1151. Pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks.

(a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles.

Additionally, pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks where the sidewalk intersects with driveways, alleyways or similar structures:
§ 1151-a. Pedestrians’ right of way on sidewalks. The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alleyway, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across such alleyway, building entrance, road or driveway.
Note that when crossing at other than marked or unmarked crossways (such as the middle of a block), vehicles have the right of way, not the pedestrian:

§ 1152. Crossing at other than crosswalks.
(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(c) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.

However, these protections do not absolve you from exercising due care for your safety. It is important for you as a pedestrian to avoid jaywalking or stepping suddenly into the path of a vehicle that does not have reasonable time to stop. While the law is there to protect you, following safe crossing practices is equally important. These laws are in place to create a safe environment for pedestrians and drivers alike.

Common Causes of Crosswalk Accidents on Long Island

Crosswalk accidents on Long Island often stem from various factors, with driver negligence being a leading cause. Negligence includes behaviors such as:
  • speeding,
  • distracted driving (such as using a cell phone),
  • failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, and
  • not stopping at crosswalks.
These actions put pedestrians like you at significant risk, especially in densely populated areas with heavy traffic. Environmental factors also contribute to crosswalk accidents. Poor visibility, whether due to weather conditions, inadequate street lighting, or obstructed views, can lead to accidents.

What to Do After a Crosswalk Accident on Long Island

If you find yourself in a crosswalk accident, it is important to know what steps to take.

First, ensure your safety and seek medical attention, even if you “feel fine.” Some injuries, such as concussions or internal injuries, might not be immediately apparent.

If you are able to do so safely, document the scene. Take photographs of the accident site, your injuries, and any damage. This can be critical evidence if you decide to pursue a claim.

Next, report the accident to the police. A police report provides an official record of the incident, which can be invaluable later on. Obtain the contact information of the driver involved and any witnesses to the accident.

Finally, consider reaching out to our attorneys for a free consultation. We can discuss your situation and help you determine if you have a legal claim for your injuries.

Seeking Compensation for Crosswalk Accidents

If you are injured in a crosswalk accident on Long Island, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Our lawyers can help evaluate your specific case and advise you on a legal strategy based on your situation. We will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. It is important to act quickly, as there are time limits for filing personal injury claims in New York. These time limits, known as statutes of limitations, are strict, and missing them can mean losing your right to compensation.

Contact the Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. to Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at the Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. Our team is here to help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights. You can reach us at (516) 294 5050 to speak directly with an attorney who understands the complexities of pedestrian accident cases on Long Island and provide you with clear, straightforward advice.

We know that dealing with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming. We are here to guide you every step of the way. From gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies, arguing in court and going to trial, we will handle all aspects of your case. Call us today at (516) 294 5050 to discuss your case.

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